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Matera! Where else?

Matera! Where else? | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Matera, famous for its “Sassi,” is a city in the region of Basilicata located essentially where the heel of the “boot” of Italy starts. “Sassi” means rocks, but in this case we’re not talking about big boulders like those of Stonehenge. Here, the Sassi—the first site in southern Italy to be taken under UNESCO’s protective wing, in 1993—are two ancient districts that constitute the town’s historic center. They were carved into the calcareous rock referred to locally as tufo. [...]

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TORONTO SUN: Italy's Matera is a 9,000-year trip back in time

TORONTO SUN: Italy's Matera is a 9,000-year trip back in time | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Italy is teeming with places that make you feel like you are on a movie set -- the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Amalfi coast near Naples and Venice's lagoons come to mind.

But there is one place in particular that for filmmakers and visitors alike evokes early Christian and even prehistoric times and that is Matera, off the usual tourist map in the southern region of Basilicata, part of "the boot" of Italy. [...]

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Irsina, the village at the heart of Materashire where old-world Italian charm doesn’t come at a steep price

Irsina, the village at the heart of Materashire where old-world Italian charm doesn’t come at a steep price | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The houses of Irsina, a small town close to Matera, look like they have been washed by the sea and dried by the wind. From this village of not even 4 thousand souls, nestled on top of a 500 meters high hill it is impossible to see the Ionian Sea yet its presence can be felt in the brackish breeze which carries the smell of olive trees. [...]

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Magnificent Matera

Magnificent Matera | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Once you've seen Matera, you will never forget it. And that's a promise. Not because it's the capital of Basilicata, Italy or because it's one of the oldest inhabited regions in the entire peninsula. For a visitor, Matera is unforgettable for many reasons besides that. The ancient caves, the fantastic rustic food and the Byzantine frescoes make it feel prehistoric and magic. No matter what you may be drawn to, Matera is bound to resonate with you in some way before you leave. [...]

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Matera, Italy: 7 Tips You Need to Know

Matera, Italy: 7 Tips You Need to Know | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
What you need to know about the town of Matera in Italy and its sassi, including how to get to Matera, what rupestrian churches are, and what famous movie was filmed here!
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Because of the ancient and primitive scenery in and around the Sassi, it has been used by filmmakers as the setting for ancient Jerusalem. The following famous biblical period motion pictures were filmed in Matera:

Other famous movies filmed in the city include:

A chapter on Matera describing the life of the people living there in the 1930s is in the book Cristo si è fermato a Eboli ("Christ stopped at Eboli") by Carlo Levi. This book was also turned into a film.


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Restoring Matera, Italy’s City of Stone - The WSJ

Restoring Matera, Italy’s City of Stone - The WSJ | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

House hunters move in to revive the city’s sassi zone, one rugged limestone home at a time. [...]

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Matera has won the title of European Capital of Culture 2019 against with 21 initial contenders narrowed down to six finalists. Matera will attract even more visitors from Europe and all over the world to discover the city, so we hope the recent phenomenal interest of property buyers described by the Wall Street Jounal it is not only a speculation, a way to rise money in less than 5 years time. In general the title brings to the towns with the title and its surrounding areas, significant long-term cultural, economic and social benefits, as we have seen with previous European Capitals of Culture.

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The visceral beauty of Matera in Italy

The visceral beauty of Matera in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Most places in Italy encourage you to celebrate the prettiness that wealth bestows: exquisite iron grillwork, festive marble fountains. Matera is more visceral - a monument to endurance and thrift, to hard lives lived without waste. [...]

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10 reasons why you should go to Matera before 2019

10 reasons why you should go to Matera before 2019 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

In the south of Italy there is an enchanted city, which has maintained through the centuries its ancient spirit and has recently been elected 2019 European Capital of Culture. This city is Matera, located in the heart of Basilicata. Swide gives you 10 good reasons why you absolutely have to go.[...]

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  1. Get lost in Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano
  2. Discover a typical house dug up in the rock
  3. Admire the Cathedral
  4. Taste Cialledda
  5. Palombaro Lungo
  6. Enjoy Festa della Bruna
  7. Sleep in Sassi
  8. Visit timeless rocky churches
  9. Eat Capriata
  10. Drink a glass of Matera Primitivo
  11. Buy a special tuff souvenir
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Mustachioed Travellers | Southern Italy Week2

Mustachioed Travellers | Southern Italy Week2 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

[...] We couldn’t stop smiling in Trani. Beautiful weather added to a fun weekend of exploring the vibrant harbor area with monuments, restaurants and shopping. A local crowd filled the streets on Saturday and Sunday nights making for great people watching. Italians really know how to dress!
Numerology and symbolism played a big part in the construction of Castle Del Monte. Built in the 1200’s, historians are still guessing at Emperor Frederick II’s intentions for the castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Locorotondo is a pretty little town with well-kept white buildings where colorful pots of flowers trail from balconies and front porch stoops. But it’s this dish of homemade pasta that will forever remind us of our visit.
The stone roofs of the Trulli houses are a unique site in the Alberobello region of Puglia, Italy. We spent the night in one and will be telling you all about it.
We couldn’t believe the aqua-colored water on this beach in Gallipoli.
The Sassi settlement in Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [...]

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Donna L. Hull (she’s the writer) and Alan Hull (he’s the photographer) travel the world recording their experiences with words, photos and videos so that boomers will know exactly what to expect on their next trip. Since May 2008, the Montana couple have reported on active travel adventures covering both international and domestic destinations.

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